Australian Bus Body Builders

Updated Saturday 16 October 2021

Company Websites: (further details below)

BusTech Group
Custom Denning
Express Coach Builders
P&D Coachworks

Body builders shown in bold are still producing bus bodies.
Wikipedia links are now present for many of the of the companies listed.
It is suggested that any additional information be added to the Wikipedia page concerned. 

Name Description/Location
Alan B Denning Alan B Denning, Brisbane QLD  
Update: Nov 2003 - the company was placed into voluntary administration, but continues to trade for the time being.
Update: Mid 2004 - the business sold to a new company trading as Denning Manufacturing Pty Ltd.
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ABM Australian Bus Manufacturing Co, Royal Park, Adelaide SA
The Adelaide factory of APG was purchased by a consortium of Jim Bosnjak (former owner of Westbus/National Bus); Custom Coaches owner Jack Violet and former federal opposition leader and now merchant banker John Hewson (first buses delivered during April 1999). 
Update: Mid 2000 - John Hewson sold his share in the company in ABM.
Update: Late 2000 - even though operating as the Adelaide factory of Custom Coaches, it has kept to producing only the range of former APG body styles - with the exception of putting CB60 fronts on 11 APG-type MAN low-floors for STA Adelaide. 
Update: 2001 - ABM is still building its own body styles, but has also been building some Custom Coaches style bodies.
Update: Early 2004 - trading name changed from ABM to Custom Coaches SA. 
AD Austral-Denning, Brisbane QLD. Acquired by AP
Alnor Alnor Body Works, Sydney NSW
Ansair Ansair Tullamarine VIC; Tamworth NSW; or Kingston TAS. 
Acquired by AP
AP / APG Austral Pacific Group, Geebung, Brisbane QLD; Tamworth NSW;
Royal Park, Adelaide SA; Tullamarine VIC
Ceased operations late 1998 after the collapse of parent company Clifford Corporation
Austral Austral, Brisbane QLD. Acquired by AP
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Autobus Australian Autobus, Slacks Creek QLD
Ceased operation in 2006.
Bolton Bolton, Perth WA
Bus & Coach
Bus & Coach International, WA 
(are not technically a body builder, but import fully built vehicles from overseas)
BT Workshops Brisbane Transport Workshops, Qld. Following the collapse of the Austral Pacific group, BT Workshops completed a number of partly built Volvo B10L's. They then bodied two Volvo B6's (from body kits supplied by Volgren). They were then awarded a contract to body CNG-powered Scania low-floors, again from from body kits supplied by Volgren.
BusTech Group West Burleigh, QLD. Established in 1998, owned by the Calabro family (operators of Surfside Buslines and other companies)
Bustech Group
Bustech Facebook
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CAC Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Melbourne VIC
Some vehicles produced were branded as "Comair".
Custom Denning Custom Denning, St Marys, Sydney(Originally known as CCMC (Cycle Components Mfg Corp))
Has also operated in Smithfield NSW, Preston VIC, Arundel (Gold Coast) Qld & Royal Park (Adelaide) SA
From Early 2004 the former ABM factory in Royal Park, Adelaide SA operated under the name Custom Coaches SA 
Custom Coaches was acquired 7/6/2012 by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).
30/5/2014 External administrator appointed.
18/8/2014 The Australian section was bought back from Alexander Dennis by Allegro Funds with building of buses only to continue in Sydney with after sales service in Adelaide. New name Custom Bus Australia, then Custom Denning after combing with Denning.
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Chiron Chiron Commercial Vehicles
A 100% Australian owned and managed company focused on the design & manufacture of high quality, versatile & cost effective bus bodies formed in 2002.
Coach Concepts See  
Coach Design Coach Design, Archerfield, Brisbane QLD
(formerly known as GBW)
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Comeng/CVI Commercial Vehicle Industries, Sydney NSW (formerly Comeng)
Domino Domino Industries, Northgate QLD
Domino Hedges Domino Hedges, Northgate QLD
Denning Denning, Acacia Ridge QLD
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Denning Manufacturing Pty Ltd
Commenced Mid-2004 after purchasing the business of Alan B Denning which was in voluntary administration.
In 2020 became part of Custom Denning
Denning Manufacturing
Express Express Coach Builders, Macksville NSW
(formerly known as Nambucca)
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Freighter Freighter Industries, Adelaide SA (became PMCSA)
Fuji Fuji Heavy Industries, Japan
GBW Gamer, Brewer & Winter, Brisbane QLD (later Coach Design)
Hilquip Hilquip Engineering, Perth WA
Irizar Irizar Oceania. An Australian company which owns the Oceania distribution rights to a luxury coach product originating from Spain, however now manufactured in Brazil.
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Jakab Jakab Industries, Tamworth NSW (no longer build buses but remained as a specialist vehicle builder (e.g. ambulances).
Update: Ceased operating completely approx 2003.
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Leyland Leyland, Workington UK (Leyland Lynxes)
MBS Motor Body Specialists, Brisbane QLD (now Rogers)
Mills-Tui New Zealand based company which have obtained the designs for the 'Majestic' body, will build the 'Majestic' along with 'Valere' and 'Orbit' bodies. Commenced operations approx April 2001.
Was placed in liquidation 18th September 2014 - had ceased building buses some time prior to this.
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MCA/Motorcoach Motorcoach Australia, Brisbane QLD (incorporated into AP)
Motorcoach Motorcoach, Archerfield, Brisbane QLD.
The Motorcoach name was relaunched as a bodybuilder (approx 1999) by interstate coach operator McCaffertys, using the 'Classic' body style formerly produced by APG. After initially only building coaches for McCaffertys, they branched out into constructing vehicles for other operators.
Update: Ceased building buses early 2004.
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NCBC North Coast Bus & Coach, Caloundra QLD
Ceased building buses in 2014
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and Bus & Coach Society of Victoria
NZMB New Zealand Motor Bodies
Nambucca Nambucca River Engineering, Macksville NSW (now known as Express)
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Newnham Newnham, Melbourne VIC (now Custom Coaches)
P&D P & D Coachworks, Murwillumbah NSW
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Phoenix Bus Tamworth, NSW. Associated with Jakab. Acquired the former AP factory.
Set up initially to finish the remainder of the STA (Sydney) Volvo B10BLE contract,
the company intends to continue bodying buses. UPDATE: Mid 2000 - 
Phoenix withdrew from the bus building industry after failing to attract customers.
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PMC Pressed Metal Corporation, Revesby, Sydney NSW; or Adelaide, SA
Acquired by AP
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PMCA Pressed Metal Corporation Australia, Adelaide SA (Acquired by AP)
PMCSA Pressed Metal Corporation South Australia, Adelaide SA (renamed PMCA)
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QBB Queensland Body Builders was formed as a subsidiary of ANI (Australian National Industries) to complete a Brisbane Volvo B10M contract started by Comeng (also at the time owned by ANI). Approx 70 buses were built from 1989 to 1990 to a similar design to the Comeng ones. No other buses were built.
QCC Queensland Coach Company.  Established in 1999, they purchased the plans etc. for the "Majestic" coach body from the failed Austral Pacific Group. Initially bodied coaches for Greyhound-Pioneer, but later built buses for others.
Update: Late 2000 - QCC have ceased operating.
Rogers Rogers & Sons, Wacol, Brisbane QLD
Smithfield Smithfield Bus & Coach, Sydney NSW (now part of Custom Coaches)
Superior Superior, Brisbane QLD
Volgren Volgren, Dandenong (Melbourne) VIC (also have a factory in Perth WA)
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